Divya Kumar - Nonprofits and General Assignment reporter

Nonprofits and General Assignment reporter

I am a nonprofits and general assignment reporter and want to hear what's important to you. I got my start in journalism at King High School's student newspaper and joined the Times in 2016 after earning a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Is there something you think people should know about? I'd love to hear from you.

  1. A visitor is greeted at the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce building, which was sold by the chamber in 2017. Recently, amid revenue losses from the coronavirus crisis, the organization laid off its president. [Times (2006)]
  2. James Downs, president of Good Samaritan Shipping Ministries, Inc. which provides shipping solutions to nonprofit ministries prepared a shipment of relief supplies to Puerto Rico. The group is one of 95,000 nonprofits in Florida. [LUIS SANTANA  |  TIMES  |  Times (2018)]
  3. A health care worker prepares to collect a sample to test for COVID-19 at a drive-through testing site in Florida. The pandemic has prompted Empath Health, a Pinellas County nonprofit, to offer free counseling sessions for any health care worker in the Tampa Bay area. [WILFREDO LEE  |  AP]
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  5. Largo High junior Ashley Kadau is one of this year's finalists for the Walker's Rising Stars scholarship competition. Like other finalists, her Walker's performance has been posted to the Pinellas Education Foundation's YouTube channel. [YouTube]
  6. A playgroup of toddlers run by Layla's House in Sulfur Springs has moved to Zoom during the shutdown. [Courtesy of Champions for Children]
  7. A candlelight vigil in Zephyrhills marks National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a campaign that occurs every October. Advocates in Tampa Bay are concerned that a decline in domestic violence reports during the coronavirus shutdown means victims are not reporting incidents. [Times (2010)]
  8. The campus of the University of Florida, where a graduate student has filed a class action lawsuit against the State University System seeking a refund of fees. [University of Florida]
  9. Flatwoods Conservation Park re-opened Monday. While some were there the minute it re-opened, the park was not crowded. [DIVYA KUMAR  |  Times]
  10. Like many nonprofits, ECHO of Brandon has been forced to pare back during the coronavirus crisis. A new fundraising event, Giving Tuesday NOW, aims to address their needs. Set for Tuesday, May 5, #GivingTuesdayNOW will happen in addition to the traditional Giving Tuesday in December. [Times (2008)]
  11. An electronic sign alerts drivers Wednesday, April 29, 2020 in Clearwater. Pinellas County leaders decided to open the beaches on May 4. [CHRIS URSO      |  Tampa Bay Times]
  12. Claudia Fernandez, left, a puppeteer with Champions for Children, introduces "Sabrina" to a child during a 2017 event to raise awareness of child abuse in Florida. The puppets are used to educate children on the four kinds of child abuse. Champions for Children, a Tampa nonprofit, recently secured a loan through the federal Paycheck Protection Program to help prevent layoffs during the coronavirus crisis. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times (2017)]
  13. Program facilitator Janise Danzy, center, checks on 6-year-old Trinity Sims, left, and Aria Shoop, 5, at Girls Inc. in Pinellas Park on Wednesday. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  14. Community Foundation of Tampa Bay CEO Marlene Spalten says the pandemic could put local nonprofits in "a better place," offering lessons on how to better use technology and deploy resources. [Courtesy of Lisa Presnail]
  15. Community Action Stops Abuse is asking people to buy yard signs to raise awareness of domestic abuse. [Community Action Stops Abuse]
  16. A pedestrian crosses East Kennedy Boulevard and Franklin Street, Tampa, wearing a protective mask, Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Others in the background do not wear masks. Officials have recommended people to wear masks when outside during the coronavirus pandemic.  [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  17. From left, premed students Varna Venkatachalam, Shreya Shivan and Roshni Kotwani are working with other volunteers to provide free grocery deliveries for elderly residents and those with compromised immune systems. [Courtesy of Roshni Kotwani]
  18. Refugee resettlement organizations across Tampa Bay have moved case management services virtually. [Times (2017)]
  19. Lauren Dungy, left, and Tanya Cross, right, wear masks as htey distribute activity packets to Hillsborough County students where meals are being handed out. [Courtesy of Tanya Cross]
  20. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, nonprofit organizations across the Tampa Bay area have canceled major fundraising events. [Photo courtesy of The Spring of Tampa Bay]
  21. Ybor City's usually busy Seventh Avenue has been quiet lately as businesses have temporarily shuttered to stop the spread of coronavirus. [DIVYA KUMAR  |  Times]
  22. Yamel Belen (left), a registered nurse and doula, said doulas should be considered part of the birthing process. (Photo courtesy Yamel Belen). [Photo courtesy Yamel Belen.]
  23. Bianca, 27, who is 9 months pregnant poses for a photo at Praia Vemelha, backdropped by the Sugar Loaf mountain, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. [SILVIA IZQUIERDO  |  AP]
  24. Devon Brady, left, and his son Miles prepare for the second day of deliveries through the Heights Citizen Bicycle Brigade. [DIVYA KUMAR  |  Times]